Do you know where the majority of your calories come from? Maybe you have a sweet tooth, and you can hardly contain yourself when you spot a dozen glazed donuts. Or, perhaps you’re more on the savory side - you find yourself binging on chips, peanuts and anything that’ll help satisfy that salty craving.
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Well, get this: recent studies have proven that Canadians really dolove their beer. According to research conducted by the University of Victoria, the average Canadian drinker consumes over 11% of their daily estimated energy requirements from alcohol. Whoa! That’s a whole lotta drinking!
According to Health Canada on Canada.ca, Estimated energy requirements (also known as EER), is “the average dietary energy intake that is predicted to maintain energy balance in healthy, normal weight individuals of a defined age, gender, weight, height, and level of physical activity consistent with good health.”
In University of Victoria’s study, it was found that Canadian men consumed a higher proportion of their EER in the form of alcohol. Men’s EER percentage levels were at 13.2% and women, at 8.2%.
Do these rankings make sense to you? If you took the time to reflect on your alcohol consumption, where do you think you would fit on the scale?